Sunday, June 20, 2010

Now That's What I Call Music! on Spotify: The Complete Collection part 1 (vol.1-15, 1983-1989)

Where it all began...

Now That's What I Call Music! is a famous/infamous series of compilation albums, born in the UK and running since 1983 to... well... now. It regularly collects pop, rock and dance hits, mostly taken from radio charts and mostly belonging to major labels catalogue. In its almost 30 years of life, Now! has drawn a kind of pop map of our time. A soundtrack with some beauties and several beasts. On Spotify, I couldn't find the official compilations. So I decided to look for the single songs, one by one, creating a big apocryphal collection. I will publish it on weekly basis. This is the first issue: almost 400 songs from the Now #1 (1983) to the Now #15 (1989). Including some names you sweetly remember from that decade, and some others probably you tried to forget... Vanessa Paradis and Joe le Taxi: we meet again. :o)
Definitely, a guilty gigantic pleasure.

P.S. I tried to follow the rules of philology, selecting the song versions (remixes, radio edit...) indicated in the official Now! website.

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The Playlist
(396 songs out of 465, 85,16%, about 1 day)

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Now #1 (1983, 27/30)
Phil Collins – You Can't Hurry Love
Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know
UB40 – Red Red Wine
Limahl – Only For Love
Heaven 17 – Temptation
KC & The Sunshine Band – Give It Up
Malcolm McLaren – Double Dutch
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
Men At Work – Down Under
Maggie Reilly – Moonlight Shadow
Rock Steady Crew – (Hey You) The Rock Steady Crew
Rod Stewart – Baby Jane
Paul Young – Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)
New Edition - Candy Girl
Kajagoogoo – Big Apple (Metro Mix)
Tina Turner – Let's Stay Together
The Human League – (Keep Feeling) Fascination
Howard Jones – New Song
UB40 – Please Don't Make Me Cry
Peabo Bryson – Tonight, I Celebrate My Love
Tracey Ullman – They Don't Know
Will Powers – Kissing With Confidence
Genesis – That's All
The Cure - Love Cats
Simple Minds – Waterfront
Madness – The Sun And The Rain
Culture Club – Victims

Now #2 (1984, 26/30)
Queen – Radio Ga Ga
Nik Kershaw – Wouldn't It Be Good
Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
Matt Bianco – Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed
Carmel – More, More, More
Madness – Michael Caine
The Flying Pickets – Only You
Nena – 99 Red Balloons
Cindy Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Tracey Ullman – My Guy
Matthew Wilder – Break My Stride
Julia & Company - Breakin' Down (Sugar Samba)
Joe Fagin – That's Living Alright
Hot Chocolate – I Gave You My Heart (Didn't I)
Bird of Paradise - Bird of Paradise
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax
Eurythmics – Here Comes The Rain Again
Howard Jones – What Is Love?
The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make?
Fiction Factory – (Feels Like) Heaven
Reflex – The Politics Of Dancing
Thomas Dolby – Hyperactive!
China Crisis – Wishful Thinking
David Bowie – Modern Love
Culture Club – It's A Miracle
The Rolling Stones – Undercover (Of The Night)
Slade - Run Runaway
Big Country – Wonderland
Duran Duran – New Moon On Monday
Paul McCartney - Pipes of Peace

Now #3 (1984, 28/30)
Duran Duran – The Reflex
Nik Kershaw – I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Sister Sledge – Thinking Of You
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Locomotion
Ultravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Howard Jones – Pearl In The Shell
Blancmange – Don't Tell Me
Phil Collins – Against All Odds
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Two Tribes
Grandmaster Flash – White Lines (Don't Do It)
Special AKA – Nelson Mandela
Womack & Womack – Love Wars
The Style Council – You're The Best Thing
Bob Marley & The Wailers – One Love
Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
Queen – I Want To Break Free
Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
Alison Moyet – Love Resurrection
The Bluebells – Young At Heart
Bananarama – Robert De Niro's Waiting
Propaganda – Dr. Mabuse
Tina Turner – What's Love Got To Do WIth It
The Flying Pickets – When You're Young And In Love
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
Thompson Twins – You Take Me Up
The Weather Girls – It's Raining Men
Gary Glitter – Dance Me Up
The Art Compnay - Susanna
Madness – One Better Day
David Sylvian – Red Guitar

Now #4 (1984, 28/32)
Paul McCartney - No More Lonely Nights
Phil Oakey – Together In Electric Dreams
Bronski Beat – Why?
Limahl – Never Ending Story
Nick Heyward – Warning Sign
John Waite – Missing You (Single Version)
Michael Jackson – Farewell My Summer Love
Lionel Richie – Hello
Culture Club – The War Song
Elton John – Passengers
Julian Lennon – Too Late For Goodbyes
The Style Council – Shout To The Top - Full Version
Thompson Twins – Doctor! Doctor!
Heaven 17 – Sunset Now
The Kane Gang - Respect Yourself
Tina Turner – Private Dancer (Single Edit)
Queen – It's A Hard Life
Status Quo – The Wanderer
Big Country – East Of Eden - Radio Edit
U2 – Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Feargal Sharkey - Listen To Your Father
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Tesla Girls
Kim Wilde - The Second Time
Nik Kershaw – Human Racing
Ray Parker, Jr. – Ghostbusters - from "Ghostbusters"
UB40 – If It Happens Again
The Pointer Sisters – Jump (For My Love)
Level 42 – Hot Water
Eurythmics – Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)
Rockwell – Somebody Is Watching Me
Malcolm McLaren – Madam Butterfly (Un Bel Di Vedremo)
Eugene Wilde – Gotta Get You Home Tonight

Now #5 (1985, 28/30)
Duran Duran – A View To A Kill
Scritti Politti – The Word Girl
Harlod Faltermeyer - Axel F
Fine Young Cannibals – Johnny Come Home
Dead Or Alive – In Too Deep
Stephen Duffy – Icing On The Cake
Kool & The Gang – Cherish - Single Version
Paul Young – Every Time You Go Away
Marillion – Kayleigh
Bryan Ferry – Slave To Love
David Bowie – This Is Not America
Simple Minds – Don't You (Forget About Me)
The Power Station – Get It On (Bang A Gong)
China Crisis – Black Man Ray
Phil Collins – One More Night
Sister Sledge – Frankie
Mai Tai – History
Simply Red – Money's Too Tight (To Mention)
Steve Arrington – Feel So Real
Jaki Graham – Round And Around
Conway Brothers – Turn It Up
Loose Ends – Magic Touch
The Commentators - N-N-Nineteen Not Out
U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
The Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down
Katrina & The Waves – Walking On Sunshine
Gary Moore – Out In The Fields
The Damned – Shadow Of Love
Howard Jones – Life In One Day
Jimmy Nail – Love Don't Live Here Anymore

Now #6 (1985, 28/30)
Queen – One Vision
Nik Kershaw – When A Heart Beats
Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart
Eurythmics – There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
Simple Minds – Alive And Kicking
Bryan Adams & Tina Turner – It's Only Love
Gary Moore – Empty Rooms
Marillion – Lavender Blue
Elton John – Nikita
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
Level 42 – Something About You
Tina Turner – We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
UB40 – Don't Break My Heart
Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin - Separate Lives
Cliff Richard & The Shadows – She's So Beautiful
Arcadia – Election Day
UB40 & Chrissie Hynde – I Got You Babe
Fine Young Cannibals – Blue
Midge Ure – If I Was
Siouxsie And The Banshees – Cities In Dust
Madness – Uncle Sam
Lloyd Cole And The Commotions – Lost Weekend
The Communards – You Are My World
Paul Hardcastle – Just For Money
Jan Hammer – Miami Vice Theme
Maria Vidal – Body Rock
Baltimora – Tarzan Boy
Mai Tai – Body And Soul
Cameo – Single Life
David Grant & Jaki Graham – Mated

Now #7 (1986, 26/33)
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
UB40 – Sing Our Own Song
Sly Fox – Let's Go All The Way
Level 42 – Lessons In Love
Pet Shop Boys – Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)
Pete Wylie – Sinful
Stan Ridgway – Camouflage
Art of Noise – Paranoimia
Chris De Burgh – The Lady In Red
David Bowie – Absolute Beginners
Genesis – Invisible Touch
Simple Minds – All The Things She Said
The Housemartins – Happy Hour (live)
Big Country – Look Away
Furniture - Brilliant Mind
Midge Ure – Call Of The Wild
Wham! – The Edge Of Heaven
Owen Paul – My Favourite Waste Of Time
Amazulu - Too Good To Be Forgotten
Doctor & The Medics – Spirit In The Sky
Bananarama – Venus
Buck Fizz – New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)
A-ha – Hunting High And Low
Simply Red – Holding Back The Years
Queen – A Kind Of Magic
Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going
Jaki Graham – Set Me Free
Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait
The Real Roxanne – Bang Zoom (Let’s Go Go)
Lovebug Starsky - Amityville (The House on the Hill)
Midnight Star - Headlines
Aurra - You and Me Tonight

Patti LaBelle – On My Own

Now #8 (1987, 27/32)
Duran Duran – Notorious
Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia
RUN-DMC – Walk This Way
Communards with Sarah Jane Morris – Don't Leave Me This Way
Swing Out Sister – Breakout
Steve Winwood – Higher Love
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – (Forever) Live And Die
Genesis – In Too Deep
Cameo – Word Up
Grace Jones – I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect For You)
Mel & Kim – Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)
Jermaine Stewart – We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off
Jaki Graham – Step Right Up
Janet Jackson – What Have You Done For Me Lately
The Human League – Human
Boris Gardner – I Wanna Wake Up With You
Peter Gabriel - Don't Give Up
The Housemartins - Think For a Minute

Madness – (Waiting For The) Ghost Train
Status Quo – In The Army Now
Huey Lewis & The News – Stuck With You
Big Country – One Great Thing
Billy Bragg - Greetings to the New Brunette
Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died In Your Arms
Kim Wilde – You Keep Me Hanging On
It Bites – Calling All The Heroes
Doctor & The Medics – Waterloo
Deborah Harry – French Kissin' In The USA
Robert Palmer – I Didn't Mean To Turn You On
Paul Hardcastle – The Wizard
Gwen Guthrie - (They Long To Be) Close To You
Nick Berry - Every Loser Wins

Now #9 (1987, 23/30)
Little Richard - Reet Petite
Mental As Anything – Live It Up
Simply Red – The Right Thing
Erasure – Sometimes
Robbie Nevil – C'est La Vie
Hot Chocolate – You Sexy Thing
The Blow Monkeys – It Doesn't Have To Be This Way
The Housemartins – Caravan Of Love
Boy George – Everything I Own
UB40 – Rat In Mi Kitchen
The Gap Band - Big Fun
Five Star – Stay Out Of My Life
Pepsi & Shirlie - Heartache
Bananarama – A Trick Of The Night
Berlin – Take My Breath Away
Freddie Mercury – The Great Pretender
Ben E. King – Stand By Me
Curiosity Killed the Cat - Down To Earth
Communards, The – So Cold The Night
Steve Hurley - Jack Your Body
Taffy - I Love My Radio (Midnight Radio)
Nick Kamen - Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever

a-ha – Manhattan Skyline
Westworld – Sonic Boom Boy
Bon Jovi – Livin' On A Prayer
Genesis – Land Of Confusion
Europe – The Final Countdown
Gary Moore – Over The Hills And Far Away
The Ward Brothers – Cross That Bridge
The Pretenders – Hymn To Her

Now #10 (1987, 27/30)
Montserrat Caballé & Freddy Mercury – Barcelona
Pet Shop Boys – Rent
The Communards – Never Can Say Goodbye
MARRS – Pump Up The Volume
Hue And Cry – Labour Of Love
Jellybean (feat. Steven Dante) - The Real Thing
Johnny Hates Jazz – I Don't Want To Be A Hero
The Style Council – Wanted (Or Waiter, There's Some Soup In My Flies)
T'Pau – China In Your Hand
Heart – Alone
Kiss – Crazy Crazy Nights
Billy Idol – Mony Mony
Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
The Alarm – Rain In The Summertime
Marillion – Sugar Mice
Wet Wet Wet – Sweet Little Mystery
Curiosity Killed the Cat - Misfit
Los Lobos – La Bamba
The Beach Boys – Wipe Out
Bananarama – Love In The First Degree
Cliff Richard & The Shadows – My Pretty One
Karel Fialka - Hey Matthew
Jan Hammer – Crockett's Theme
Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For Me
Erasure – The Circus
The Housemartins – Build (live John Peel)
Level 42 – It's Over (remix)
ABC – When Smokey Sings
Squeeze – Hourglass
The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York

Now #11 (1988, 24/30)
Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
Jermaine Stewart - Say It Again
Eddy Grant – Gimme Hope Jo'anna
Eddie Cochran – C'mon Everybody
Morrissey – Suedehead
Elton John – Candle In The Wind
Wet Wet Wet – Angel Eyes (Home And Away)
Johnny Hates Jazz – Turn Back The Clock
T'Pau – Valentine
Billy Idol – Hot In The City
Sinéad O'Connor – Mandinka
The Mission – Tower Of Strength
Whitesnake – Give Me All Your Love
Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky (live)
Mel & Kim – That's The Way It Is
Joyce Sims – Come Into My Life
Jellybean – Who Found Who
Bananarama – I Can't Help It
Dollar – Oh L'Amour
Vanessa Paradis – Joe Le Taxi
Morris Minor & the Majors - Stutter Rap (No Sleep Til Bedtime)
Bomb the Bass - Beat Diss

Coldcut Feat. Yazz & The Plastic Population – Doctorin' The House
Krush - House Arrest
Jack N Chill - The Jack That House Built

Beatmasters Feat. The Cookie Crew – Rok Da House - W.E.F.U.N.K.
Two Men a Drum Machine and a Trumpet - I'm Tired of Getting Pushed Around
Climie Fisher – Rise To The Occasion

Now #12 (1988, 29/32)
Wet Wet Wet – With A Little Help From My Friends
Belinda Carlisle – Circle In The Sand
Maxi Priest – Wild World
Aswad – Give A Little Love
Climie Fisher – Love Changes (Everything)
Elton John – I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That
Scritti Politti – Oh Patti (Don't Feel Sorry For Loverboy)
Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight
Hothouse Flowers – Don't Go
Morrissey – Everyday Is Like Sunday
Danny Wilson – Mary's Prayer
Johnny Hates Jazz – Heart Of Gold
Voice Of The Beehive – Don't Call Me Baby
Iron Maiden – Can I Play With Madness
Heart – These Dreams
T'Pau – I Will Be With You
The Timelords/The KLF – Doctorin' the Tardis
Sabrina – Boys (Summertime Love)
Bananarama – I Want You Back
Tiffany – I Think We're Alone Now
Hazell Dean – Who's Leaving Who
The Communards – T.M.T. Love T.B.M.G.
Jermaine Stewart
Glenn Medeiros – Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You
S'Express – Theme From S'Express
Salt-N-Pepa – Push It
Derek B - Bad Young Brother
James Brown – The Payback, Pt. 1
Rose Royce – Carwash
Natalie Cole – Pink Cadillac
Jellybean (feat. Adele Berteli) - Just a Mirage
Will Downing – A Love Supreme

Now #13 (1988, 26/32)
Yazz & the Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up
Womack & Womack – Teardrops
Erasure – A Little Respect
The Christians – Harvest For The World
Hue And Cry – Ordinary Angel
UB40 & Chrissie Hynde – Breakfast In Bed
Robert Palmer – She Makes My Day
Breathe – Hands To Heaven
Collins, Phil – Groovy Kind Of Love
Bobby McFerrin – Don't Worry Be Happy
Art of Noise – Kiss
Bryan Ferry – Let's Stick Together
Kim Wilde – You Came
Bomb the Bass - Don't Make Me Wait
Brother Beyond – The Harder I Try
The Hollies – He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother
The Fat Boys & Chubby Checker - The Twist (Yo Twist)
Wee Papa Girl Rappers – Wee Rule
Salt'n'Pepa - Twist & Shout
Yello – The Race
Inner City feat. Kevin Saunderson – Big Fun
D-Mob & Gary Haisman - We Call It Acieed
Beatmasters – Burn It Up
Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It's True
Level 42 – Heaven In My Hands
Jane Wiedlin – Rush Hour
The Proclaimers – I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
T'Pau – Secret Garden
Transvision Vamp - I Want Your Love
Duran Duran – I Don't Want Your Love
The Human League – Love Is All That Matters
All About Eve – Martha's Harbour

Now #14 (1989, 27/32)
Gene Pitney & Marc Almond – Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart
Phil Collins – Two Hearts
Erasure – Stop!
Bananarama And Lananeeneenoonoo – Help
Hue And Cry – Looking For Linda
Yazz - Fine Time
Kim Wilde – Four Letter Word
Sam Brown – Stop
Roy Orbison – You Got It
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
INXS - Need You Tonight
Status Quo – Burning Bridges (On And Off And On Again)
Then Jerico – Big Area
Morrissey – The Last Of The Famous International Playboys
Poison – Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Simple Minds – Belfast Child
Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance
Inner City – Good Life
S'Express – Hey Music Lover
Living In A Box – Blow The House Down
The Style Council – Promised Land
Adeva – Respect
Tone-Loc – Wild Thing
Natalie Cole – I Live For Your Love
Robin Beck - First Time
Paula Abdul – Straight Up
Samantha Fox - I Only Want To Be With You
Brother Beyond – Be My Twin
Climie Fisher - Look Like a River
Duran Duran – All She Wants Is
Level 42 – Tracie - Single Version
Michael Ball – Love Changes Everything

Now #15 (1989, 22/32)
Queen – I Want It All
Simple Minds – Kick It In
Fine Young Cannibals – Good Thing
Holly Johnson - Americanos
Transvision Vamp – Baby I Don't Care
INXS - Mystify
Roxette – The Look
Stevie Nicks – Rooms On Fire
Paul McCartney - My Brave Face
Holly Johnson - Ferry Cross the Mersey

The Beautiful South – Song For Whoever
Kirsty MacColl – Days
Danny Wilson – The Second Summer Of Love
The Waterfront - Cry
Hue And Cry – Violently (Your Words Hit Me)
Cliff Richard & The Shadows – The Best Of Me
Soul II Soul – Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)
Neneh Cherry – Manchild
Bobby Brown – Every Little Step
Inner City – Do You Love What You Feel
D-Mob & LRS - It's Time To Get Funky
Donna Allen - Joy and Pain

Gladys Knight & The Pips – License To Kill
Natalie Cole – Miss You Like Crazy
Pet Shop Boys – It's Alright
Jive Bunny & the Music Mixers – Swing The Mood
Swing Out Sister – You On My Mind
Bananarama – Cruel Summer
De La Soul - Say No Go
Norman Cook & MC Wildski - Blame It on the Bassline
Double Trouble & The Rebel MC - Just Keep Rockin'

The Cure – Lullaby


  1. It seems the playlist is empty?

  2. I just checked it and it seems full and working. Try again and tell me!

  3. Yep it works now. Must have been a small error on spotify's side. Thanks for sharing your playlist.

  4. hello i have all that collection on my hard drive now 1 to 82 with track lists and front and back covers also have
    now thats a number 1
    now chill
    now classical
    now disney
    now love
    now running
    now britain
    now classic rock
    now r&b
    now xmas
    now reggie
    the best music collection u will ever c if anybody has any interest email me